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a confidence, exactly proportioned to the respec-ren, or to his wife, or to any other relative? tability of Mrs. Lisle's cliaracter, that, whatever How would it be endured, in general, and I she meant, by any of these expressions, she trust, that my case ought tot, in this respect, to could not, by possibility, have meant to describe form an exception, that one woman should in a conduct, which to her mind afforded evidence of similar manner be placed in judgment, upon the crime, vice, or indecency. If she had, her re- conduct of another? And that judgoient be re. gard to her own character, her own delicacy, ported, where her character was of most importher own honourable and virtuous feelings, wouid ance to her, as amongst things wbich must be in less than the two years, which bave since credited till decidedly contradicted? Let every elapsed, have found some excuse for separating one put these questions home to their own herself from that intimate connexion, which, by breasts, and before they impute blame to me, her situation in my household, subsists between for protesting against the fairness and justice of us. She would not have remained exposed to this procedure, ask how they would feel upon it, the repetition of so gross an offence, and insult, if it were their own caser-But perhaps they to a modest, virtuous, and delicate woman, as cannot bring their imaginations to conceive that that of being made, night by night, witness to it could ever become their own case. A few scenes, openly acted in her presence, offensive months ago I could not have believed that it to virtue and decoruin.-- -If your Majesty thinks would have been mine. But the just ground I have dwelt too long and tediously on this part of my complaint may perhaps be more easily of the case, I entreat your Majesty to think what appreciated and felt, by supposing a more famiI must feel upon it. I feel it a great hardship, liar, but au analogous case. The High Treason, as I have frequently stated, that under the cover with which I was charged, was supposed to be of a grave charge of High Treason, the proprie committed in the foul crime of adultery. What ties, and decencies, of my private conduct and would be the impression of your Majesty, what behaviour, have been made the subject, as I be- would be the impression upon the mind of any lieve so unprecedently, of a formal investigation one, acquainted with the excellent laws of your upon oath. And that, in consequence of it, I Majesty's kingdom, and the admirable adminismay, at this moment, be exposed to the danger tration of them, if upon a Commission of this of forfeiting your Majesty's good opinion, and kind, secretly to inquire into the conduct of avy being degraded and disgraced in reputation man, upon a charge of High Treason, against through the country, because what Mrs. the state, the Commissioners should not only Lisle bas said of my conduct,- that it was proceed to inquire, whether in the judgment of « only that of a woman who liked flirting," has the witness, the conduct of the accused was such become recorded in the Report on this formal as became a loyal subject; but, wben the result inquiry, made into matters of grave crimes, and of their Inquiry obliged them to report directly of essential importance to the state.- -Let against the charge of Treason, they, nevertheme conjure your Majesty, over and over again, less, should record an imputation, or libel, against before you suffer this circumstance to prejudice lais character for loyalty, and reporting, as a part me in your opiniou, not only to weigh all the of the evidence, the opinion of ihe vitness, that circumstances I have stated, but to look round the conduct of the accused was such as did not bethe first ranks of female virtue in this country, come a loyal subject, should further report, that and see how mauy women there are of most un- the evidence of that witness, without specifying impeached reputation, of most unsullied and un- any part of it, must be credited till decidedly suspected honour, character and virtue, whose contradicted, and deserved the most serious conconduct, though living happily with their hus sideration? How could he appeal from that bands, if submitted to the judgment of persons of report? How could he decidedly contradict a severer cast of mind, especially if saddened, at the opinion of the witness! Sire, there is no the moment, by calainity, might be styled to difference between this supposed case and mine, be “ flirting." I would not, however, be un but this. That in the case of the man, a charac derstood as intending to represent 'Mrs. Lisle's ter for loyalty, however injured, could not be judgment, as being likely to be marked with any destroyed by such an insinuation. His future improper austerity, and therefore I am certain life night give him abundant opportunities of falshe must either have had no idea that the expres- sifying the justice of it. But a female character, sions she has used, in the manner which she once so blasted, what hope or chance has it of used them, were capable of being understood, in recovery-Your Majesty will not fail to perso serious a light as to be referred to, amongst ceive, that I have pressed this part of the case, circumstances deserving the most serious consi- with an earnestness which shews that I have felt deration, and which must occasion most unfa. it. I have no wish to disguise from your Majes. vourable interpretations; or she must by the im- ty, that I have felt it, and felt it strongly. It posing novelty of her situation, in private exami- is the only part of the case, which I conceive to nation before four such grave characters, have be in the least degree against me, that rests upon been surprised into the use of expressions, which, a witness who is at all worthy ot' your Majesty's with a better opportunity of weighing them, shé credit. How unfair it is, that any thing she has would either not have used at all, or have ac. said should be pressed against me, I trust I have companied with still more of qualification than sufficiently shewn. In canvassing, however, that, which she has, however, in some degree, Mrs. Lisle's evidence, I hope I have never forgot as it is, annexed to them.
what was due to Mrs. Lisle. I have been as But my great complaint is the having, not, anxious not to do her injustice, as to do justice particularly, Mrs. Lisle's opinion, but any per- to myself. I retain the same respect and regard son's opinion, set up, as it were, in judgment for Mrs. Lisle now, as I ever had. If the unfaagainst the propriety of my private conduct. vourable impressions, which the Commissioners How would it be endured, that the judgment of seem to suppose, fairly arise out of the expresone wan should be asked, and recorded in a sious she has used, I am confident they wil be solemn Report, against the conduct of another, understood, in a sense, which was never intended either with respect to his bebaviour to his child- by her. And I should scorn to purchase any
advantage to myself, at the expense of the but as a party accused, had not a right to be slightest imputation, unjustly cast upon Mrs. thought, and to be presumed innocent, till I Lisle, or any one else. -Leaving therefore, was proved to be guilty? Let me ask, if there with these observations, Mrs. Lisle's evidence, ever could exist a case, in which the credit of I njust proceed to the evidence of Mr. Bidgood. the witness ought to have been more severely The parts of it which apply to this part of the sifted and tried? The fact rested solely upon case, I mean my condnet to Captain Manby at his single assertion. However false, it could not Montague House, I shall detail. They are as possibly receive contradiction, but from the parfollows. “I first observed Captain Manby came ties. The story itself surely is not very probable. to Montague House either the end of 1803, or My character cannot be considered as under inthe beginning of 1804. I was waiting one day quiry; it is already gone, and decided upon, by in the anti-room; Captain Manby had his hat in those, if there are any such, who think such a his hand, and appeared to be going away: he story probable. That in a room, with the door was a long time with the Princess, and, as I open, and a servant known to be waiting just stood on the steps waiting, I looked into the by, we should have acted such a scene of gross room in which they were, and in the reflection indecency. The indiscretion at least might on the looking-glass I saw them salute each other. bave rendered it improbable, even to those, I mean that they kissed each other's lips. Cap- whose prejudices against me, might be prepared tain Manby then went away. I then observed to conceive nothing improbable in the indecency the Princess have her handkerchief in her hands, of it. Yet this seems to have been received as and wipe her eyes, as if she was crying, and a fact that there was no reason to question: went into the drawing room).”. Io his second The witness is assumed, without hesitation, te deposition, on the 30 July, talking of his suspi- be the witness of truth, of unquestionable veracions of what passed at Southeod, he says," they city. Not the faintest trace is there to be found arose from seeing them kiss each other, as I of a single question pat to him, to try and sift mentioned before, like people fond of each the credit which was due to him, or to his story. other;-a very close kiss." In these extracts Is he asked, as I suggested before shonld have from his depositions, there can undoubtedly be been done with regard to Mr. Cole-To whom no complaint of any thing being left to inference. he told this fact before? When he told it? Here is a fact, which must unquestionably oc- What was ever done in consequence of this incasion almost as unfavourable interpretations, as formation? If he never told it, till for the purany fact of the greatest impropriety and indeco- pose of supporting Lady Douglas's statement, rum, short of the proof of actual crime. And how could he iv his situation as an old servant of this fact is positively and affirmatively sworn to the Prince, with whom, as he swears, lie had And if this witness is truly represented, as one lived twenty-three years, creditably to himself, who must be credited till he is decidedly contra- account for having coucealed it so long? And dicted; and the decided contradiction of the par. how came Lady Douglas and Sir John to find out ties accused, should be considered us unavailing, that he knew it, if he never had communicated it constitutes a charge which cannot possibly be it before? If he had comn unieated it, it would answered. For the scene is so laid, that there is then have been useful to have heard how far his no eye to witness it, but his own: and therefore present story was consistent with his fornier; and there can be no one who can possibly contradiet if it should have happened that this and other him, however false his story may be, but the per- matters, which he may have stated, were, at sons whom he accused. As for me, Sire, there is that time, made the subject of any inquiry ; no mode, the most solemn that can be devised, in then how far that inquiry bad tended to confirm which I shall not be anxious and happy to con- or shake his credit. His first examination was, tradict it. And I do here most solemnly, in the it is true, taken by Lord Grenville, and Lord face of Heaven, most directly and positively Spencer alone, without the aid of the experience afficn, that it is as foul, malicions, and wicked of the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice; a falsehood, as ever was invented by the malice this undoubtedly may accınınt for the omission: of man. Captain Manby, to whom I have been but the noble Lords will forgive me if I s.y it under the necessity of applying, for that purpose, does not excuse it, especially as Mr. Bidgood ir the deposition which I annex, most expressly was examined again on the 3d of July, by all the and positively denies it also. Beyond these our Commissioners, and this fact is again referred to two denials, there is nothing which can by pos- then as the foundation of the suspicion which he sibility be directly opposed to Mr. Bidgood's afterwards entertained of Captaiu Manby at evidence. All that remains to be done is to ex- Southend. Nay, that last deposition affords on amine Mr. Bidgood's credit, and to see how far my part, another ground of similar complaint of he deserves the character which the Commiss the strongest kind. It opens thus: “ The Prinsioners give to him.-How unfoundedly they cess used to go out in her phaeton with coachgave such a character to Mr. Cole, your Majes. “ man and helper towards Long Reach, eight or ty, I am satisfied, must be fully convinced. “ ten times, carrying luncheon and wine with I suppose there must be some mistake, I will her, when Captain Manby's ship was at Long pot call it by any harsher name, for I think it « Reach, always Mrs. Fitzgerald with her. She cau be no more than a mistake, in Mr. Bidgood's “ would go out at one, and return about five of saying, that the first time he knew Captain Man“ six ; sometimes sooner or later."--The date by come to Montague Honse, was at the end of when Captain Manby's ship was lying at Long 1803, or beginning of 1804; for he first came at Reach, is not given; and therefore whether this the end of the former year; and the fact is, that was before, or after, the scene of the supposed Mr. Bidgood must have seen him then.-But, salute, does not appear. But for what was this however, the date is comparatively immaterial statement of Mr. Bidgood's nade? Why was it the fact' it is, that is important. -And here, introduced? Why were these drives towards Sire, surely I have the same complaint which Long Reach with luncheon, convected with Majesty, whether I, not as a Princess of Wales, examined to by the Commissioners? The first
point, the matter foremost in their minds, when spondence to be kept ’up with my charity boys,
the same fact, after saying that we went away were exposed to sight, as if to declare that he the day after the Africaine sailed from Southend, was there. It is tedions and disgusting, Sire, I he says, “ Captain Manby was there three times am well aware, to trouble your Majesty with
a week at the least, while his ship lay for six such particulars; but it doubtless is true, that I "weeks off Southend at the Nore;-he came as bid him not to take the candles away from No. 9.
tide served in a morning, and 10 dine, and The candles which are used in my drawing-room, " drink tea. I have seen bim next morning by are considered as his perquisites. Those on the
ten o'clock. I suspected he slept at No. 9, the contrary which are used in my private apartment “ Princess's. She always put out the candles are the perquisites of my maid. I thought that
herself in the drawing-room at No. 9, and bid upon the whole it was a fairer arrangement, when “me not wait to put them up. She gave me the I was at Southend, to give my maid the perqui
orders as soon as she went to Southend. I used sites of the candles used at No. 9; and I made " to see water jugs, , basons, and towels, set out the arrangement accordingly, and ordered Mr.
opposite the Princess's door in the passage. Bidgood to leave them. This, Sire, is the true
Never saw them so left in the passage at any account of the fact respecting the candles; an "Sother time, and I suspected he was there at that arrangement which very possibly Mr. Bidgood
time; there was a general suspicion through did not like. But the putting out the candles
the house. Mrs. and Miss Fitzgerald there, myself, was not the only thing, from which the " and Miss Hammond (now Mrs. Hood) there. inference is drawn, that Captain Manby slept at " My suspicion arose from seeing them in the my house, at No. 9, and as is evidently insinuat
glass," &c. as mentioned before.—“Her bela-ed, if not stated, in my bed-room. There were “ viour like that of a woman attached to a man; water jugs, and basons, and towels left in the "used to be by themselves at luncheon, at South-passage, which Mr. Bidgood never saw at other " end, when the ladies were not sent for; a num- / times. 'At what other times does he mean? At “ber of times. There was a poney which Cap-otlier times than those at which he suspected, "tain Manby used to ride; it stood in the stable from seeing them there, that Captain Manby
ready for him, and which Sicard used to ride." slept in my house? If every time he saw the baThen he says, the servants used to talk and sons and towels, &c. in the passage, he suspectJaugh about Captain Mauby, and that it was ed Captain Manby slept there, it certainly would matter of discourse amongst them; and this, follow that he never saw them at times when he with what has been alluded to before, respeot- did not suspect that fact. But Sire, upon this ing Sicard's putting letters for bion into the post, important fact, important to the extent of con. which he bad received from me, contains the victing me, if it were true, of High Treason, if whole of his deposition as far as respects Captain it were not for the indignation which such scanManby. Avd, Sire, as to the fact of retiring dalous licentious wickedness and malice excite, through No. 3, from No. 7, to No. 9, alone with it would hardly be possible to treat it with any Captain Mauby, I have no recollection of ever gravity. Whether there were or were not basons having gone with Captain Mailby, though bnt and towels sometimes left in a passage at Southfor a moment, from the one room in which the end, which were not there generally, and ought company was sitting, through the dining room to to have been never there, I really cannot inform the other drawing-room. It is, however, now your Majesty. It certainly is possible, but the above two years ago, and to be confident that utmost it can prove, I should trust, might be such a circumstance might not have happened, is some slovenliness in my servant, who did not put more than I will undertake to be. But in the on. them in their proper places; but surely it must ly sense in wh ch he uses the expression, as re- be left to Mr. Bidyoud alone to trace any evi. tiring alone, coupled win ile imniediate context dence, from such a circunstance, of the crime that follows, it is most false and scandalous. I of adultery in me. But I cannot thus leave this know so means of absolutely proving a negative. fact, for I trist I shall here again have the same It the fact was true, there must bave been other advantage from the excess and extravagance of witnesses who could have proved it as well as this man's malice, as I have already had on the Mr. Bragood. Mrs. Fitzgerald is the only per- other part of the chiarge, from the excess and exson of the party, why was examined, and her travagance of his contederate Lady Douglas. evidence proves the negative so far as the nega- | What is the charge that he would insinuate? That tive can be proved; for she says, “he dined I meditated and effected a stolen, secret, clan“ there, but never staid late. She was at South- destine intercourse with an adulterer? No."end all the time I was there, and cannot recol-Captain Manby, it seems according to bis insinn" lect to have seen Captain Manby there, or ation, slept with me in my own house, under “ known him to be there, later than nine, orbalf circumstances, of such notoriety that it was ini"past nine,” Miss Fitzgerald and Miss Ilam- possible that any of my female attendants at mond, (now Mrs. Hood) are not called to this least should not have known it. Their duties fact; although a fact so extremely important, as were varied on the occasion; they had to supply it must appear to your Majesty; nor indeed are basons and towels in places where they never they examined at all. As to thie putting out of the were supplied, except when prepared for him ; candles, it seems he says, I liave the orders as and they were not only purposely so prepared, but soon as I went to Southend, which was six weeks prepared in an open passage, exposed to view, in before the Africaine arrived; so this plan of ex- a manner to excite the suspicion of those who cluding him from the opportunity of knowing were not admitted into the secret. And what what was going on at No. 9, was part of a long- a secret was it, that was thus to be hazarded ! meditated scheme, as he would represent it, No less than what, if discovered, would fix plauned and thought of six weeks before it could Captain Mauby and myself with High Treason! be executed; and which when it was executed, Not only therefore must I have been thus careyour Majesty will recollect, according to Mr. less of reputation, and eager for infamy; but I Bidyocd's evidence, there was so little contri- must have been careless of my life, as of my hovance to conceal, that the basons and towels, nour.-Lost to all sense of shame, surely I which the Captain is insinuated to have used, nust have still retained some regard for life.
Captain Manby too with a folly and madness known it; as your Majesty finds one witness apequal to his supposed iniqnity, must then have pealing to another, who is pointed out as a person put his life in the hands of my servants and de- who must have been able, with equal means of pended for his safety upon their tidelity to me, knowledge, to have confirmed her if she spoke and their perfidy to the Prince their master: true, and to have contradicted her if she spoke If the excess of vice and crime in all this is false. And, Sire, when added to all this, your believed, could its indiscretion, its madness, find Majesty is graciously pleased to recollect that credulity to adopt it almost upon any evidence? Mr. Bidgood was one of those who, though in But what must be the state of that man's mind, my service, submitted themselves voluntarily to as to prejudice, who could come to the conclu- be examined previous to the appointment of the sion of believing it, from the fact of some water. Commissioners, in confirmation of Lady Doug. jugs and towels being found in an unusual place, las's statement, without informing me of the in a passage near my bed room? For as to his fact; and when I state to your Majesty, upon suspicion being raised by what he says he saw in the evidence of Philip Krackeler and Robert the looking-glass, if it was as true as it is false, Eaglestone, whose deposition I annex, that this that could not occasion, his believing, on any anbiassed witness, daring the pendency of these particular night, that Captain Manby slept in my examinations before the Commissioners, was seen house; the sitnation of these towels and basons to be in conterence and communication with is what leads to that belief.-Bnt, Sire, may Lady Douglas, my most ostensible accuser, do I I ask, did the Commissioners believe this man's raise my expectations too bigh, when I confisuspicions? If they did, what do they mean by dently trust that his malice and his falsehood, as saying that these fact
of great indecency, &c. well as his connexion iu this conspiracy against went to a much less extent than the principal my honour, my station in this kingdom, and my charges? And that it was not for them to state life, will appear to your Majesty too plainly for their bearing and effect? The bearing of this bim to receive any credit, either in this or any fact unquestionably, if believed, is the same other part of his testimony.---The other ciras that of the principal charge: namely, to cumstances to which he speaks, are compara. prove me guilty of High Treason. They there. tively too tritling for me to trouble your Majesty fore could not believe it. But if they did not with any more observations upon his evidence. believe it, and as it seems to me, Sire, no men — The remaining part of the case which reof common judgment could, on such a statement, spects Captain Manby, relates to my conduct at how could they bring themselves to name Mr. East Cliff. -How little Mrs. Lisle's examinaBidgood as one of those witnesses on whose un- tion affords for observations upon this part of the biassed testimony they could so rely? or how case, except as shewing how very seldom Capcould they, (in pointing him out with the other tain Manby called upon me while I was there, I three as speaking to facts, particularly with re have already observed. Mr. Cole says uothing spect to Captain Manby, which must be credited upon this part of the case; nor Mr. Bidgood. till decidedly contradicted, omit to specify the The only witness amongst the fonr whose testifacts which he spoke to that they thus thought monies are distinguished by the Commissioners as worthy of belief, but leave the whole, including most material, and as those on which they partithis incredible part of it, recommended to be- cularly rely, who says any thing upon this part of lief by their general and unqualified sanction the case, is Fanny Lloyd. Her deposition is as and approbation.
follows: -“ I was at Ramsgate with the PrinBut the falsehood of this charge does not cess in 1803. One morning when we were rest on its incredibility alone. My servant Mrs. “ in the house at East Cliff, somebody, I don't Sander, who attended constantly on my person, “ recollect who, knocked at my door, and deand whose bed-room was close to mine, was ex- “ sired me to prepare breakfast for the Princess. amined by the Commissioners; she must have“ This was about six o'clock; I was asleep. known this fact if it had been true; she posi- “ During the whole time I was in the Princess's tively swears, “ that she did not know or believe “ service, I had never been called up before to that Captain Mauby staid till very late hours “ make the Princess's breakfast. I slept in the with me; that she never suspected there was any “ housekeeper's room, on the ground-floor. I improper familiarity between us. · M. Wilson, " opened the shutters of the window for light. who made my bed, swears, that she had been in " I knew at that time that Captain Manby's ship the habit of making it ever since she lived with " was in the Downs. When I opened the sbutme; that another maid, whose name was Ann “ ters, I saw the Princess walking down the Bye, assisted with her in making it, and swears « Gravel-Walk towards the sea. No orders had from what she observed, that she never had any “ been given me over-night to prepare breakfast reason to believe that two persons had slept in it. early. The gentleman the Princess was with Referring thus by name to her fellow-servant,“ was a tall man. I was surprised to see the who made the bed with her; but that servant, “ Princess walking with a gentleman at that why I know not, is not examined.----As your “ time in the morning. I am sure it was the Majesty then finds the inference drawn by Bid“ Princess."- -What this evidence of Fanny good to amount to a fact so openly and undis- Lloyd applies to, I do not feel certain that I reguisedly protligate, as to outrage all credibility; collect. The circumstances which she mentions as your Majesty finds it negatived by the evi- might, I think, have occurred twice while I was dence of three witnesses, one of whom, in par- there, and which time she alludes to, I cannot ticnlar, if such a fact were true, must have
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